spelling bee


noun

a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly; spelldown.

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Origin of spelling bee

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for spelling bee

spelling bee

noun

a contest in which players are required to spell words according to orthographic conventions

Word Origin for spelling bee

C19: from bee ²
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